Tuesday, August 9, 2011
After 36 years, the ABA’s Standing Committee on Environmental (SCEL) was dissolved yesterday (see my previous post on this issue). As a result of hard negotiation by SCEL members and supporters, however, many of its activities will continue through a newly-created Task Force on Environmental Law within the ABA’s Section of Environment, Energy and Resources (SEER). While details are still being worked out, the idea is that the task force will focus on the core missions of SCEL, namely coordination, policymaking, and looking out for up-and-coming environmental law issues. For at least another year, the composition and funding of the task force will be the same as it was for the standing committee.
Time will tell if the change is really just one of bodily form, or also one of spirit.
- Lesley McAllister